By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday launched Police Force Order 20, which provides legal services for suspects before detention and trial. The launch of the Force Order 20 is in line with the recent unveiling of the revised Community Policing and ‘Bail is Free’ initiatives, which practically demonstrates the Police Force’s commitment to connecting with the people and respecting their rights. Speaking at the event, Idris who described the launch of the programme as “a milestone to ensure and access legal representation in the country and we are doing this, irrespective of religion and status”, noted that the rule of law must prevail in all actions of the Force to ensure democratic policing. “The event is the manifestation of my promise to the government to promote the human rights of Nigerian citizens and to offer them free legal representation as I believe this also will curtail...
By Adebayo Waheed Oyo State government has declared Thursday, 21st September, 2017 as public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year,1439. The Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli made the declaration in a statement made available to Media. The SSG explained that the holiday was to commemorate the Islamic New Year,1439 AH (After Hijrah). He stated  that Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi enjoined all and sundry  in the state to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity and sustainability of the state in particular and the country in general.  
By Tarkaa David - Holley Metering Ltd (Holley Nigeria) has  signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to fast track the supply of prepayment meters to consumers. This was contained in a statement signed by the executive vice chairman/Chief executive officer of Holley Nigeria , Mr Ifeanyi Okeke Mr Okeke explained that Holley Nigeria Holley Nigeria is an International Joint Venture (IJV) between Nigerian technologists and entrepreneurs and Holley Technology Ltd, headquartered in Hangzhou, China, a global brand in metering technology with manufacturing/production capacity of over 24,000 meters daily and with facilities in many countries across the globe. He said the partnership aims to bring Holley’s top metering brand and superior metering technology to Nigeria to support the DISCOs by eliminating losses at the same time give customers new positive experience. He stated  that the relationship with PHED is predicated on long term mutual partnership in providing top metering...
BY MSUE AZA The Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for the adoption of culture diplomacy to end hate speeches and agitations in Nigeria. Speaking during the meeting of chief executives of culture in Nigeria held in Kaduna, preparatory to the 30th National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Runsewe, said culture properly harness it will replace oil. NCAC boss further explained that, many countries of the world including 17 African nations have used culture to grow their economy, saying youths have started embracing culture. Runsewe said: "Our determination is to reposition this sector as a key player in the nation's economy, viable enough to take the place of oil in national income and wealth generation. As we are all aware, the national festival of Arts and culture (NAFEST) is scheduled to hold here in Kaduna from Sunday October 14 to Sunday October 21, 2017. "The essence...
By ANDREW ESSIEN A non governmental body advancing the cause of national unity, Project Nigeria First, has expressed support for efforts being made by the Federal Government governors of the south east to arrest the crisis ignited by the activities of the Independent People of Biafra. The body further said the decision of the South East governors to proscribe IPOB was a masterstroke that saved the nation from avoidable chaos and bloodletting. Speaking at news conference Wednesday in Abuja, its National Coordinator, Uche Nwabukwu cautioned certain individuals and countries to desist from extending support to IPOB or trying to inflame passion. He urged the governors "to work with traditional and religious leaders in pacifying IPOB sympathizers especially the youths", adding that "the deployment of troops in the south east was very timely as it went a long way to checkmate the activities of IPOB and prevent a breakdown of law and order. Nwabukwu Said:...
In it's annual programmes, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, MCF intends to whole series of activities this year to mark the annual cancer day themed 'Kick and Walkway Cancer.' In a statement available to our correspondent, the Founder of the organisation and wife of Kebbi State Governor Dr. Zainab Bagudu Shinkafi has said that this year the event comes up in Kebbi and Abuja respectively in the month of October. Adding that this year her foundation plans to have grand awareness walk in the morning and football tournament in the evening, featuring professional footballers and entertainment celebrities. "MCF works with leading pharmaceutical companies to reduce the high cost of cancer treatment, which is a great burden on parents and the Nigeria health care system. We achieve this by accessing donor grants and organising fundraising events. "I would want to assure you that this year's event is coming up in October that involves an awareness...
By David Ujah Abakpa, Abuja The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has declared a nationwide indefinite strike. Speaking to news men in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the Chairman of the Union, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah disclosed on Wednesday that the strike will become effective on Thursday, September 21. He added that the Union had earlier issued seven-day ultimatum on Thursday, September 14, 2017, to again draw the attention of the government to their demands but nothing meaningful was achieved with the ultimatum. “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently until this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS. However, rallies and meetings should be held at all hospital premises every other day. “We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements,...
By Anayo Onukwugha Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has called on religious leaders in the country to speak up against illegal and corrupt actions of the Federal Government to stem the drift of the country into an era of unprecedented crisis. Wike made the call today in his keynote address at the 12th general synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), held at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Port Harcourt, the state capital. The governor said, "As long as the state of affairs in Nigeria does not conform to the ideas of justice, democracy, the rule of law and the moral injunctions of God, and as long as their remains no clear hope that things are going to change for the good of the country, we need as many voices that can speak truth to power and the Church of God cannot afford to keep quiet, while things go wrong and...
By JULIANA AGBO Wife of the Vice President, Her Excellency Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo is billed to grace the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) greater women Pilgrimage Convocation scheduled for September 21, 2017 in Abuja. The Executive Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja who revealed this in a statement to journalists said, Mrs Osinbajo who has accepted to grace the one day women convocation disclosed her readiness to give women the needed support and encouragement towards the mobilization of Greater Women Pilgrimage slated for May next year. He added that the Women Pilgrimage Programme of NCPC is designed for women in all cadres, including professionals, clergy, political office holders and women who would want to have a unique spiritual encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Land. Rev Uja lauded the Nigerian Women for their zeal and passion to advance the cause of Women Pilgrimage, adding that Nigerian women are pace-setters in...
By David Ujah Abakpa, Abuja Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court has struck out one of the nine counts of $1.6bn crude oil fraud leveled against an ally of former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Jide Omokore, and five others. The judge struck out the eighth-count after hearing an application filed by Diezani, claiming that she was indicted in the particular count, but was not availed the opportunity to defend herself. Accused in the case include, Omokore, his two companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited. Other defendants are a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Victor Briggs; a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye Membere; and a former Manager, Planning and Commercial of the NNPC, David Mbanefo and the former Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke. LEADERSHIP reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had...